Empress of the Fall (Sunsurge Quartet, #1)

Empress of the Fall (Sunsurge Quartet, #1) I was interested in this book, but I was disappointed It starts with a chapter of exposition, of all things, which doesn t really help when you re trying to get into the book The characters that were introduced never felt that special, or nuanced, or anything, really In short, not that good. Full review A Bohemian Mind at WorkEmpress of the Fall by David Hair is an epic fantasy with the skeleton of historical fiction This book has been written in a multiple POV structure with entire chapters and sections of the books allotted for each major player, gore, violence, all this follow the structure of ASOIAF Once the reader gets past the initial pages of the glossary pages of unique terms and their explanations almost made me shut the book and run , the book becomes increasingly addictive Relationship plays a significant role in this book, though never really taking the front Brothers with bitter life experience, couples forced into a marriage of politics, a son seeking answers for his mother s death, a young, convent educated heiress who struggles against becoming a puppet Empress, the book is about ordinary individuals who become extraordinary through magic or fate But each is tied to the other half, be it a sibling, a spouse, or friends, even enemies disguised as friends Facts and legends jump out of the pages of history and fog your mind with magic and mayhem The author s powerful imagination creates a world of fantasy where the jihadis and Crusades have the power of magic Masked humans pose as Gods of legends to instill fear in people Masked humans pose as Gods of legends to instill fear in people They are powerful mages under demonic influence, of course, and make formidable enemies.As I said before, after reading the first few pages of explanations, glossary, trivia, I dozed off The command, Kill the prisoner, woke me up Since then, I was unable to stop.This book is an epic journey of ordinary people destined to change the course of history historical fantasy, whatever you will and David Hair s no nonsense, straightforward writing style makes it alluring David Hair is no GRRM Don t seek the beauty of GRRM in brutality and scenic expressions Mr Hair knows how to capture the reader s interest The author doesn t sugarcoat the horror The emotional scenes are relatable and expressive The action scenes are gripping, and nail biting situations are exactly so But the book lacks a single focus It s like reading three books parallelly, each with an agenda of its own The focal point shows up towards the end None of the three parts have anything earth shattering as GRRM killing off Ned Stark But they are well plotted and greater than any of the individual characters The chain of events has the potential to become living, breathing things moving the story and the reader s curiosity forward I am going to read the next one in the series to find out.My recommendation 3.5 bohostars Taking away points for the first few pages of distracting explanation which could easily follow the main storyline lack of characters who make you go back for them and them alone I couldn t isolate a single protagonist or antagonist as my favorite Added points for pace, action, narration, plot, and historical influence. The Emperor Is Dead Long Live The Empress Emperor Constant Is Dead And His Rivals Are Scrabbling For Power But Any Misstep Could Plunge The Land, Already Devastated By The Shocking Outcome Of The Third Crusade, Into A Calamitous Civil WarThe Imperial Throne Is Not The Only One In Jeopardy Two Brothers, Imprisoned Veterans Of The Crusades, Finally Return Home To Find Their Father S Kingdom Being Plundered But The Price Of Regaining Their Birthright Will Have Far Reaching Implications For The Entire EmpireIn The East, Sultan Salim, Peacemaker And Visionary Ruler, Faces His Greatest Challenge As His People Demand An Invasion Of The West In Retribution For The Rondian CrusadesAnd Lurking In The Darkness, Orchestrating Both The Power Struggles And The Inevitable Conflicts, Is A Shadowy Group Threatening To Destroy Civilisation ItselfOnce , Urte Stands On The Brink Of Cataclysm Empress of the Fall was advertised by saying it was similar to the Song of Ice and Fire series I didn t really take that personally but I m a huge fan of the series and I though, Will this really be as good as Song of Ice and Fire I decided it was not There are only a few reasons for this, though I really enjoyed the writing style and it kept me at it even though I really didn t understand anything of the first chapter I was in the mood, so I went on reading and it was really good that I did I loved the characters They were so divers and interesting The cultures I got to know were really fascinating even though it did resemble our current situation around Europa and the Middle East pretty much So it wasn t really anything new culture wise, but the characters and the royal courts, the schemes and wars were fascinating.What kind of made me give it only 3.5 Ribbons is that there wasn t really any plot I was over half of the almost 700 pages and I still couldn t see where this was going It seems to me that this book will be part of a bigger series but I still felt a little discouraged by tha fact that the first book was only establishing all the characters Even though I enjoyed the characters and their struggles and schemes, my heart wasn t really in it But I can recommend the book to anyone who likes complex settings and places and lot s of characters Classic immersive fantasy here The book will be released on March 9th so go and get yourself a copy and try it out So before I start I think I should point out this is not an entry point novel By that I mean that although this is the first book in a quartet it is not really the first book in this series or world Quite a bit is assumed and hinted at from the previous quartet so for anyone who hasn t read the MoonTide Quartet, Stop Read this truly fantastic quartet first Everything will make sense and flow better once you have This book is less introductory than its previous equivalent Mage s Blood, but it s interesting nonetheless I admittedly do so far prefer the old series but that also took me a while to come to love it and when I did it really climbed in my estimation David Hair is an author worth staying with, he builds his world s fastidiously and by the end you may well feel you ve ended up in a very different place than when the book started All in all thoroughly enjoyable but I have this delightful feeling that the best is yet to come in the quartet and eagerly await the next installment So I fully suggest you read this book, but only after you ve read the moontide quartet Beautiful. Empress of the Fall by David Hair is an epic fantasy with the skeleton of historical fiction written in a multiple POV structure with chapters and sections of the books allotted for each major player, gore, violence, after the structure of ASOIAF.The publishers rightly claim this book to be in line with A Song of Ice and Fire A few of the POV characters narrate the events with such emotional indifference that the reader is allowed to make his her conclusion Adds to the charm, I must admit.The author s background in history shows in his writing.Once the reader gets past the first pages of the glossary pages of unique terms and their explanations almost made me shut the book and run , the book becomes increasingly addictive.The novel has familiar themes of religion holding a significant influence in people s life and wars, detailed accounts of various heirs and power groups playing the game of thrones, unusual but inspiring love stories that make your heart melt.Relationship plays a significant role in this book, though never really taking the front Brothers with bitter life experience, couples forced into a marriage of politics, a son seeking answers for his mother s death, a young, convent educated heiress who struggles against becoming a puppet Empress, the book is about ordinary people who become extraordinary through magic or fate But each is tied to the other half, be it a sibling, a spouse, or friends, even enemies disguised as friends.Facts and legends jump out of the pages of history and fog your mind with magic and mayhem.The author s powerful imagination creates a world of fantasy where the Muslim jihadis and Christian Crusades have the power of magic Masked humans pose as Gods of legends to instill fear in people.As I said before, after reading the first few pages of explanations, glossary, trivia, I dozed off The command, Kill the prisoner, woke me up Since then, I was unable to stop.This book is an epic journey of ordinary people destined to change the course of history historical fantasy, whatever you will and David Hair s no nonsense, straightforward writing style makes it alluring David Hair is no GRRM Don t seek the beauty of GRRM in brutality and scenic expressions.Mr Hair knows how to capture the reader s interest.The author doesn t sugarcoat the horror The emotional scenes are relatable and expressive The action scenes are gripping, and nail biting situations are exactly so.The book lacks a single focus in the plot, but I believe that is intentional It s like reading three books parallelly, each with an agenda of its own The chain of events acts as a living, breathing thing moving the story and the reader s curiosity forward All the principal characters, though mostly unrelated by other means, are revealed to be connected through a common enemy.None of the three parts have anything earth shattering as GRRM killing off Ned Stark But they are well plotted and greater than any of the characters who never really get a chance to develop However, this is the first book in the series, and there is ample scope for the young protagonists to shine and evolve into heroes, as is for the antagonists to become legendary lords and ladies of evil I couldn t isolate a single protagonist or antagonist as my favorite as of now.A few points I noted Shihad means honey, but the word usage in the story strongly suggests jihad Sal ahm is used instead of Salam.I am not well conversed in Urdu or Arabic so really can t comment on the usage of these words but they did catch my attention.My recommendationAdult fantasy lovers who enjoy historical fiction and intricate political plots will love this book Just don t let yourself be overwhelmed by the first few pages The rest is epic.3.7 bohostars Taking away points for the first few pages of distracting explanation which could easily follow the main storyline lack of characters who make you go back for them and them alone I couldn t isolate a single protagonist or antagonist as my favorite Added points for pace, action, narration, plot, and historical influence. c20 FWFTB war, retribution, Crusade, Urte, veterans For the past few years, a new David Hair book is one of the first ones that I read in the new year And, they are all doorstoppers This one is no different but seems to have been published a little later than the others Waiting only added to the anticipation and I was not disappointed The fight scenes and characters are all exquisitely drawn with the only drawback for me was that the geography was a little disjointed I could find the places referred to on the map but not how they all influenced each other But that is my fault than the books, I am sure 3 major characters stood out for me in this the first of a future quartet and I did miss a strong female character There are certainly female characters of which one stands out but , alas, she did not have a major part to play in the story although she certainly could have Definitely recommended to the normal crewWhen he stood before the masses and screamed at them, there was no fear in his face, only hunger to subdue all who listened I was sent this for free from the publisher This is the first book in a new quartet by David Hair I was super excited for this book because of just how much I loved the Moontide Quartet series which is set before this in the same world Sadly, although I did enjoy this as an epic fantasy still, it didn t stand out quite as much as the Moontide Quartet and in the end it was just a 3 likeable read rather than a 4 5 read like all of the Moontide Quartet books were.The good stuff Returning characters I always like seeing crossover between series and this definitely had some characters who featured in the first series popping their heads back into the plot and changing influencing things The world I still think that the world and set up in this series is great becuase the mix of cultures, Eastern inspired and Western inspired, really helps this to feel like it is somewhere that could be real if only magic existed The magic we get some really cool new additions to the magic we ve previously learned of including some new types of power We also get shown a lot of the battle magic, and necromancy, and I found the Jousting tournaments and the crazy siege really exciting The not as great as the first series The lady characters In the first 4 books I LOVED some of the ladies for really pushing the boundaries, being themselves, and just keeping me so intrigued I felt for them and got emotionally invested, this book I just didn t ever fully click with any and lots of them including Lyra and Cora both major players just had whiney moments which irritated me than their good moments The plot I just feel as if this plot is reaaaally battle and politic heavy We get a lot of underhanded moves and players, many people who sneak around and double cross, and it s interesting to a pointsbutthen it just was lacking the real emotional depth and connection I wanted to see.I think I will continue the series, as I did enjoy the read overall, but for me personally it didn t gel in the same way as the first series and I think the biggest factor was the characters I just don t feel as emotionally into their plots as I was with books 1 4, but I hope that maybe as the series goes on we could get into some really exciting things 3 s from me. While I loved the first 3 books of the original quartet 2 were in my top 5 in their year, 3rd 6 , book 4 left me a bit cold as it was a bit stale the twists of books 1 3 lost power after 2000 pages and neat the major series villains lost, the good guys won etc so I actually read only the ending on publication and thought I was done with the series, but then this one came and rekindled my interest in the universe, so I first read Ascendant s rite end to end and then started on this one.With a prologue set immediately after the ending of the 1st quartet, Empress of the Fall while technically separate from the Moontide Quartet so far only minor characters from there appear , will make much sense to a reader of the first 4 books the main action starts 5 years after and while it has the somewhat annoying standard fantasy story line evil puppet master planning to conquer the universe for his own ends in this case a godlike power allowing unfettered experiments which for now are frowned upon by the main powers of the world and their religions , most of the main characters were very interesting and reading about them kept my interest till the end also for once there is no love conquers all subplot but a realistic view of long term relationships and the main villain we see not the puppet master who is mostly behind the scene has a lot of similarities with Gurvon Gyle who was by far the most interesting character of the first quartet the action takes place in a few places and the identities of the un revealed masks are a main draw for the second volume whose title clearly hints who the book will focus on next , while the hints of different kinds of powers are also of interests, but again finding out what happens with the characters is what makes me await book 2 with great interest

David Hair is the author of The Bone Tiki, winner of Best First Novel Young Adult Fiction section at the 2010 NZ Post Children s Book Awards The Bone Tiki and its sequel The Taniwha s Tear are fantasy novels set in New Zealand David is a New Zealander, who has worked primarily in financial services He has a degree in History and Classical Studies He has lived from 2007 to 2010 in New Delhi,

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  • 688 pages
  • Empress of the Fall (Sunsurge Quartet, #1)
  • David Hair
  • English
  • 13 December 2018

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